One of the world's best hangouts, where funky design boutiques brush shoulders with traditional stepped-gable houses
Amsterdam is one of the world's best hangouts, an enjoyable blend of old and new, where funky design boutiques brush shoulders with traditional stepped-gable houses.
If you’re in the mood for great shopping, a dose of culture, an injection of art and architecture or a pleasant stroll around pretty canal-side streets, don’t hesitate to choose Amsterdam as a great day away from your luxury MSC cruise ship. Your ship will dock in the port of Amsterdam itself, from where we will transport you to the city centre or further afield, depending on the itinerary you have chosen.
Port average temperature
Amsterdam has a cool oceanic climate, strongly influenced by its proximity to the North Sea to the west, with prevailing north-western winds and gales. Winter temperatures are mild, seldom below 0°C. Amsterdam, as well as most of North-Holland province, lies in USDA Hardiness zone 9, the northernmost such occurrence in continental Europe. Frosts mainly occur during spells of easterly or northeasterly winds from the inner European continent, from Scandinavia, Russia, or even Siberia. Even then, because Amsterdam is surrounded on three sides by large bodies of water, as well as enjoying a significant heat island effect, nights rarely fall below –5°C, while it could easily be –12°C in Hilversum, 25 kilometers southeast.
Summers are moderately warm but rarely hot. The average daily high in August is 22°C and 30°C or higher is only measured on average on 3 days, placing Amsterdam in AHS Heat zone 2. Days with measurable precipitation are common, on average 175 days per year. Nevertheless, Amsterdam's average annual precipitation is less than 760 mm. Most of this precipitation is in the form of protracted drizzle or light rain, making cloudy and damp days common during the cooler months of October through March. Only the occasional European windstorm brings significant rain in a short period of time, requiring it to be pumped out to higher ground or to the seas around the city.
The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.